Dec 26, 2012 12:00am PST
this because i see you ask everybody, although you didn't ask mike i was personally fascinated by that. how much do you think it scarred you or did it just drive you? >> i think it did scar me more than it drove me. what drove me was the fact that my father's life was cut so short. he died at 35 years old. and it was -- he was listed in a book of great leaders of education. he wrote incredible thesises, if there's such a word of just wonderful observations. one of them -- he was a teacher and he also taught at elmyra and he taught english to juvenile delinquents. i could never read that piece till i got much older and had this certain experience. and then i was able to read it. and that was me. in other words, there is so much in the cellular memory or the dna because i never knew him. but at 16, i had discovered chekhov and ibsen and shakespeare. when i finally read my father's thesis, it was how to teach prisoners and delinquents through ibsen and checkov and shakespeare. >> have you been able to find out a lot about him and his character and his life? >> not really. although ve
Jan 1, 2013 1:00am PST
. >> because i'm a [ bleep ]. i don't care how we got you here, i'll take it. >> how hard is it, mike, for people who have been at the top of boxes, with all the -- you get in there. with all the adrenalin rush, and the buildup and these fights for months and then you get in there and the public going crazy and then the actual fight, then suddenly it's all over. you don't have it in your life any more. >> yeah, then you go to drugs, too. you try to get that high again. but then you realize tall drugs, all the meth, all the cocaine, all the liquor, you can't produce that high no more. you can't produce that high. then you realize that high comes from within. you know. and for many of us, entertainers, just people with a lot of money in general, we have to be all failed in that and we try to succeed and get happiness through substance. >> do you still -- last time i interviewed you you gave me the feeling that you're not completely confident that you won't blow up again. how do you feel now? >> i don't put myself in those situations. i never look at myself, this could never bother me again.
Dec 27, 2012 9:00pm PST
not ask mike tyson that. >> there's a reason for that. >> is that right? i'm trying to think. at least five or six. >> really? see that's fascinating. does the wider world know all of them? >> you didn't ask how long it lasted, this love feeling or whatever. >> how long does it need to last to qualify for proper love, do you think? >> oh, not that long. eight months, would you say? maybe years. >> some people have it literally in a flash. i do believe it can be love at first sight. i know people where that's happened. they have been very happy the re of their lives together. they get lucky. >> yeah. isn't it interesting? it's a recognition of something. i knew i liked you from the minute, but i didn't know your father died that early. and there is -- you see, we never talked about it. you might have known that about me, but there's something that you recognize in someone's past, and it's a void that you recognize, in a way, don't you think? >> i'm sure you are the same, but you're perennial curious because you never knew this person who despite this was a pivotal part of your lif